The beginning of your au pair adventure starts once landed in America with the exchange of the so called welcome gifts once arrived in the family.
Since the program is a cultural exchange we have to bring the family small gifts that represent our country/culture.
It is not always eat pick what to bring:
- It doesn’t have to be banned by the customs (es. Kinder eggs)
- It doesn’t have to be a product that needs to stay in the refrigerator
- It doesn’t have to be hug or heavy
We had lots of ideas since Italy is famous for many foods, and we decided to ship our gifts in many tranches, so that we could carry with us something small and light. If you wanna know more you can read our post on how to ship a package in the USA or Susa’s Easter gift.
But what exactly did we bring to our families?
- For Lily: animals’ tattoo, a doll with fascia hair and my little pony’s bobby pins with attached a colorful braid
- For Sam: dinosaurs’ tattoo and a lego creator truck.
- For the au pair: a pink pedometer
- For the Host parents: an Italian cooking book and, since they are mostly vegetarian, bagna caoda and Piedmont’s appetizer.
Instead Mapu brought:
- For the kids (she didn’t make any distinction because the kids are same age and sex and she didn’t have enough information to diversify the gifts): 4 sticker books (that they liked a lot), 2 kids tattoo, 2 small rugby’s balls and two Italy tshirt.
- For the host parents: the same cooking book as Susa (bought at Eataly and wrote in English), a small bottle Mole Antonelliana shaped filled with bicerin, a typical Piedmont drink.
We hope we were able to give you some good ideas and good luck searching for your welcome gifts!
Susa & Mapu